More than 80 per cent of letting agents and landlords consulted by the council were against the licensing scheme
Rogue property landlords could find themselves out of business by a new licensing scheme in Liverpool to crack down on dodgy squires.
City leaders will have to be satisfied the landlord is a “fit and proper person” to be accredited by the scheme and those that aren’t, won’t make it onto an approved list.
People will then know when looking for a property whether the owner is operating above board and willing to comply with a minimum set of standards.
But bodies that represent landlords said the system will be too expensive for the council to run.
More than 80 per cent of letting agents and landlords consulted by the council were against the move.
The scheme has been brought in because there are more than 48,000 private landlord properties in the city and, up to half of them, are considered by the council to be potentially dangerous.
On an almost weekly basis, enforcement teams are successfully prosecuting landlords for various safety breaches and fire risks.
Liverpool council cabinet member for housing Cllr Ann O’Byrne said: “We all know someone with a horror story to tell about a bad landlord.
"This scheme is about giving tenants some expectation of their rights, and the city council the power to tackle breaches.
“Liverpool has a growing number of privately rented properties and the sector is vital in meeting the city’s housing needs, so it is important that what is on offer is of high quality.”
Landlords will have to commit to a 10-point pledge.
But the National Landlords Association has said “there is a recognised problem in the city but we don’t believe this is the way forward.
"It’s not worked anywhere else.”
There is currently no start date for when the scheme will begin.